It’s hard to believe that little Dee Dee is 4 years old. Time goes so quickly.It seems like only yesterday we brought her onboard at just 7 weeks old. She learned immediately what it takes to be a good crew member. Her dad was very proud. She’s put a l…
|Skies over Ovea, The Loyaute Islands, New Caledonia|
|DOMINO awaiting her fate at Port Denarau, Fiji|
|Pacific Dolphins commonly play around us at anchor, here in Nagles Cove, Great Barrier Island, NZ|
|What I love most in cruising? Diving, snorkeling, looking for species new to me
(No worries, this triton went right back where it came from – Belep Islands, New Caledonia
– No Breaks– In all these years, we had taken only short breaks to visit family, always whirlwind visits, too short, too shallow, to unfrequent. While I spent these breaks with our California family (neglecting our Arizona and S.Carolina children) JP had to split his time between his French roots and his U.S. offsprings. We were both itching for quality time with our 13 grandchildren and could not see how this would happen while cruising full time.
- CURE? Take frequent and/or long breaks from cruising to get back in touch with family and friends.
|Had we gotten tired of talcum-powder beaches? Here, in Ouvea, Loyalty Islands, New Caledonia|
- Cultural Aftershock – What would I give for a night at the Opera, or the Theater, or even just a movie in a comfortable seat! Not that we are short of Cultural experiences. From Latin America to French Polynesia to Indo-Fijian, Kanak and Maori cultures, our lives have been enriched in many ways. Still, I felt “out of my gourd,” disconnected from my roots, be they French of American.
- CURE? Take frequent and/or long breaks from cruising to get back in touch with our cultural roots.
|Cruising with friends helped. Here, in Lifou (Loyalty Islands, New Caledonia) with the CNC|
- Too Much Ocean – Did I just write this? Could there be such a thing as Too Much Ocean? Truth be told, we had become lazy, trying to be satisfied with our daily snorkeling sessions, fishing excursions, and walks on the beach. We had hardly taken any hike, visited any village, walked through any town, or even sampled any restaurant. We thought we were content to stay on the boat. Obviously not and suddenly there was Too Much Ocean.
- CURE? Get off the boat, one way or the other, and experience LAND.
|It always comes down to just the two of us. Would we be reduced to just one?
No worries, I fixed this silverbeet and potato salad for JP, home-baked bread, in the Bay of Islands yesterday!
|Hope… in Ile des Pins, New Caledonia.|
|HOME is where the boat is.
Here in the “Back of the Barrier,” Barrier Island, NZ
|Hiengiene, New Caledonia|
|Cruising with friends is fun… we meet Claude & Annie again in N.C.|
|Christmas at Great Barrier Island, NZ … Santa found us!|
|At Norsand, JP supervises the re-configuration of our anchoring system.
Brought the anchors lower and more forward
|What we want more of? Fun with grandchildren on board|
|This is what we want more of: family on board|
|Wherever the boat is, we’ll find a way.|
We’d never heard of Thunderbolt, Georgia, nor the superyacht yard there, until we were referred to Ian Anderson, an electronics installer at local Mackay Communications. Following an overnight run from Halifax Harbor, we spent three busy but enjoyable days at Thunderbolt Marine while we upgraded our KVH V7 mini-VSAT satellite data system to the latest…
We’ve just received some video of FPB 78-2 running through her paces during sea trials. The owners and Circa team …Read More
Besides a fire at sea, few things are more frightening for an ocean-crossing vessel than uncontrolled, and potentially undetected, water ingress. Safety Digest, published by the Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) of the British Department of Transport (www.maib.gov.uk), often contains reports of small boats sinking in minutes. Many might have been saved had their captains…
Olverson’s Lodge Creek Marina
“Once you replace negative thoughts with positive ones, you’ll start having positive results.” ~Willie Nelson
Just a quick post to update everyone on all the fun we’ve been having since we returned to the boat two weeks ago. We both have been working very hard on projects, putting in 8 to 10 hour days, but Stan has really been the one doing the hard work. I took a little break to return to Pennsylvania to spend Easter with our family while he stayed behind and refinished the salon floor.
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During our stay in Belfast, Maine, Ben Ellison dropped drove up from nearby Camden to visit. Ben is the editor and owner of the Panbo marine electronics blog. If you haven’t spent time on the Panbo blog and you care about marine electronics, you really should. Ben covers most gear available, takes the time to dig…
Good News! We now have a nominated ship for the transport of Idyll Time to the Pacific North West. The M/V Happy River is scheduled to arrive in West Palm on April 27/28. The Happy River is one of the “ Big Lift” ships owned by The Spleithoff group, Seven Star’s parent company. The date […]
We normally avoid tourist destinations, dislike docks, and prefer the quiet of isolated anchorages. But we will make an exception …Read More
Making Waves Boatel was honoured to be the recipient of Recognition of Excellence from HotelsCombined. With a 9.8 out of 10, this ranking places the Boatel among the top 3% of accommodations worldwide for Customer Satisfaction. HotelsCombined is an Australian based hotel meta-search company does extensive surveys of … Continue reading →